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article imageOvernight autopsy carried out on Gaddafi's body

By Katerina Nikolas     Oct 23, 2011 in World
Libyan forensic doctors worked overnight to conduct an autopsy on the executed body of Col. Gaddafi. Despite earlier claims that no autopsy would be conducted the decision was overridden as the NTC decided an investigation would be carried out.
On Saturday night the executed body of Muammer Gaddafi was taken from the meat store in Mistrata where it was on public display, and moved to a morgue. Libyan forensic doctors carried out an overnight autopsy on the body. An anonymous source told Reuters Africa “We worked all through the night. We just got done.” However none of the autopsy findings have yet been released. Local officials said that Gaddafi’s body would now be returned to the meat store.
Military commanders in Mistrata said on Saturday that no autopsy would be carried out on the body, Alarabyia reported, and it is not clear who overrode this decision. The way the body has been treated is in direct violation of the Islamic code of burying the body within 24 hours, an issue deemed of vital importance when the Americans were dealing with the corpse of Osama bin-Laden.
No decision has yet been reached if the NTC will heed the requests of the Gaddafi family to hand over the body for burial. According to Metro, the family issued a televised statement saying “We call on the UN, the Organisation of the Islamic Conference and Amnesty International to force the [National] Transitional Council to hand over the martyrs' bodies to our tribe in Sirte and to allow them to perform their burial ceremony in accordance with Islamic customs and rules.” Mustafa Abdel Jalil, interim leader of the NTC, has now said that an investigation into the death of Gaddafi will be carried out, following demands by the United Nations human rights chief and foreign governments. For now NTC leaders are sticking with the story that Gaddafi was killed in crossfire shooting, despite a senior NTC figure telling Reuters "While he was being taken away, they beat him and then they killed him.” Interim prime minister Mahmud Jibril said he would have preferred for Gaddafi to have taken alive, yet the NTC supported the price tag on Gaddafi’s head which was offered for the capture of the ousted leader “dead or alive.”
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